Just a few doors up from Wagamama, on Wimbledon’s busy shopping strip, sits another Asian chain eaterie. But this one’s a little different. Sticks n Sushi has been imported from Denmark, where there are ten branches; many design elements in the cavernous space allude to its Scandinavian origins – such as the comfy wooden chairs.
The sticks, or skewers, are safe and western-friendly: no gizzards, cartilage or other more uncomfortable cuts. They’re nice enough, though chicken tsukune had more in common with a Swedish meatball than anything you’d find on a skewer in Japan. The sushi rolls come with gimmicky names and colourful coatings – such as ‘Black Alaska’ inside-out rolls sprinkled with black tobiko (flying fish roe) and filled with salmon, cream cheese and avocado; or ‘Dreamy California’ stuffed with miso aïoli and crabsticks, then rolled with chilli flakes and poppy seeds.
Vegetarians won’t feel left out as there are plenty of veggie sushi choices and sides; sweet tomato slices with onion, soy and vinegar dressing is a tasty snack. With friendly staff, a youthful vibe and no shortage of seating, this is a fun venue in which to enjoy well-priced platters and cocktails on a lively evening out with friends.